MA International Criminology

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

This is a forward-thinking, innovative law school with a tradition of excellence that goes back 100 years. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.

Our international outlook and multidisciplinary approach set the law in a global socio-economic context that gives our research an edge.

Through close links with law firms, governments, NGOs and others, we're driving vital debate on issues such as European healthcare policy, biotechnology and ethics, the internet, security and privacy.

About the course

Sheffield is one of Europe's leading centres for research in this field. Our MA takes a comparative, international view of the subject, which is relatively rare for this kind of course.

The Centre for Criminological Research combines expertise from the departments of architecture, law, politics and sociology. We're funded by research councils, government departments and international organisations.

This course is distinctive because it includes elements of international criminology, restorative justice and research training. The strong focus on restorative justice reflects a view of criminal justice found on several continents.

The course is flexible. You can choose the taught path, the restorative justice path or the research route.

There are regular seminars and conferences with legal professionals and criminologists from around the world.

Through your dissertation project, you will develop research skills and an in-depth understanding of the subject.

Core modules

The taught route and restorative justice route options are available over a two-year period for the part-time course.

Taught path:

  • Responding to Crime in Europe
  • Issues in Comparative Penology
  • The Cultures of Criminology
  • The Research Process
  • Dissertation

For details of our restorative justice pathway and research pathway, please see:
MA International Criminology

Optional modules

A choice of several modules including:

  • International Criminal Justice
  • Policing and Society
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Methods of Criminological Research

For details of our restorative justice pathway and research pathway, please see:
MA International Criminology


Lectures, seminars, tutorials and an online discussion board.

If you take the restorative justice path you'll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.


  • Essays
  • Dissertation

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Postgraduate student in the School of Law

The engaging teaching - our tutors' enthusiasm and passion for the subjects they teach is evident through everything they do, as is their expertise. The variety of teaching and learning methods, from optional lectures to seminars to workshops, both tutor- and student-led, ensures that no topic ever becomes stagnant.

Christopher Hardy, postgraduate student in School of Law

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, usually in law, social sciences or humanities. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with work experience in a relevant field.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

About us

Our LLM and masters courses will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology that will prepare you to go on and make a difference in any organisation you choose to work in. If you want to become a solicitor in England or Wales, our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession.

Who we are

We're a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people's lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You'll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts.

Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library's online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Your career

Graduates go into academia or work for criminal justice organisations.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6791